Monday, October 20, 2014

O is for October

The challenge over at Simon Says last week was to use "O" as your inspiration. The design team made some absolutely beautiful work that you can see on this post. I tried to be clever all week but all I could come up with was October and Orange for the challenge and that wasn't terribly original. Ah well, it worked! 

Here's the card I made with Distress Inks, a Hero Arts pumpkin stamp and Diamond Stickles. The sentiment is made from black glitter stickers. Inside the card I put in a moon and stars that match the letters. No idea where those came from :) The dot paper is Canvas Corp. I used a white gel pen to try making some Zentangle designs. They are more easy doodles than anything, but it was kinda fun.



My Book Cover of the Week is one of the scariest books I've read...it's a classic Stephen King novel that creeped me out and one I had to read when it was sunny out. The movies was just as scary, even though it was different at the end. Haven't revisited either of them in years—mostly cuz they're scary! This isn't the original cover, but I like it better. No, Danny, don't go in there!



Happy Monday and remember 11 days til Halloween! mwahahahaha!
Chark

Friday, October 17, 2014

Leaf It To Me

I have a post up today over at the a2z Scrapbooking Blog and it's all about leaves, so if you're in the mood for a fall project, head on over there and check it out. Oh, and if you're inspired to buy any goodies at the a2z shop, you can use CHARK15 to receive 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. Here's a peek.



I used these felt leaves that come in a pack of 12 for just $1.50. Love them!


And I used this fall stamp set (which is just $8 right now!), along with burlap bags and more to make holiday table favors. Check out the a2z blog post and let me know what you think!


And here's my Book Cover of The Week—doesn't this look so fun and remind you of fall? It does for me, since I was raised in Ohio and we had the biggest maple ever in our side yard. My dad even hung a swing for us...but it faced a highway so I don't know how they didn't worry every time we went outside to swing. Ah, the 70s, when kids did a lot of stuff without their parents even knowing or worrying.


Happy Autumn!
Chark

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It's A Lotta Fun Or Should I Say It's Gelato Fun?

It's a bonus post today—it's not my regular Monday, Wednesday, Friday post—but that's because I wanted to join in Take the Challenge with Mou over at Faber-Castell's blog. Each month, the very talented Mou issues a challenge and provides inspiration. This month, she gave us this Day of the Dead skull.


Love it! So I tried my best with some gelatos from Faber-Castell...love their smoothness and spreadability (that's a word, right?!). Plus they react with water (see Mou's project above).

Here's my take on the challenge...I used the cutest die cut from Imaginisce and my gelatos in tropical colors.



I used white chipboard from Tim Holtz that had embossed images on the front (that I messed up). I flipped it over and started fresh and just scribbled some color blocks and then added bits around the edges. Then I used my Faber-Castell Stamper's pen in this olive color to color the edges and corners.



Then I made a little candy or gift bag with the piece. The ribbon is just a bunch of bits from years ago (I think the Jack-o-Lantern came from Jo-Ann's $1 ribbon area). The little skull ribbon is soooo old, but adorable, right?


Over at Simon Says Stamp, the weekly challenge is to let "O" inspire you. I used October for mine...I tried to think of something unique, but other than Oprah, I got nothing. So I'm going with October and entering at the Simon Says Monday Challenge!
 

14 days til Halloween! Buy your candy and get your costume ready!
Chark

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's A Book Of Halloween Past

We made this book that opens to a display for Halloween at a local store last year or so...and I took it out to display and thought, "this is really cool." So I'm sharing it today and a link where you can learn to make your own! I've filled mine with tiny pics of past Halloweens in no real order.





Cute, huh? Here's a great video tutorial from a talented lady if you're looking to make your own. And now that I've watched the video, I wonder how I even accomplished it! Luckily, mine was a step-by-step class or I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have attempted it.

I'm so excited that this is National Cookie Month, so here's a tasty recipe for you to try. It's one of our favorites (it's a chocolate chip cookie that takes the taste just a bit farther than the regular recipe...it takes it to a galaxy far, far away—sorry, I had to!). Here's the delicious recipe.



Happy Wednesday!
Chark

Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Fall, Y'all!

I'm not exactly southern, as I'm a native to Ohio, so I technically can't use "y'all," but my daughter's in Kentucky, so maybe I can sneak in some southern bits here and there. Maybe. Here's a simple card that actually took me a bit of time. Simple is sometimes trickier because you gotta get it all right.



I used this stencil for the background dots, Hero Arts neon inks including this red for the leaves and sentiment from the Autumn Leaves set and then my handy dandy scissors to trim them out. I placed a few matching sequins and some falling leaves and stopped. After I put in more leaves, rearranged the sentiment, added a few more leaves, re-glued some and then fiddled with the sequins. Finally I finished and stopped fussing. Works for me!

If you want to check out the a2z Scrapbooking Supplies site, you can get a 15% discount by using CHARK15 as your discount code for orders over $25. Hey, I'm a discount code! :)

Happy Fall!
Chark

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Scared Yet?

I love Halloween and my sister would probably make fun of me for that because I do not like horror movies and books like she does. Julie reads endless Stephen King novels (and there are endless Stephen King novels) and will watch anything billed as a horror flick, even when I leave the room because things are too scary on the screen. My son even says, "movie magic, Mom," when I say "ewww" during a film.

However, Halloween strikes me as a nice balance of creepy but safe, and sometimes it can be downright cute. Have you seen Doodlebug's Design? Love everything they do!



I mean, c'mon, stinkin' cute, right?! At any rate, I took these ghosts...made with torn muslin, styrofoam balls and empty drinkable yogurt containers...


These candles made with rub-on letters and glass holders from the dollar store...


And made this scene with my library sale vintage books and iron candle holder...


Happy Halloween! Don't get scared—you still have 22 more days to get your candy and costume!
Chark